Frequently asked questions

Here you can find some of the most common questions asked by applicants. If you can't find the answers to your questions below, you can contact the VFS Global Sweden Visa Application Centre.

1. What are the detailed requirements for the "proof of solvency/financial means" when an applicant applies for a visa due to business reasons?
It is the financially responsible party that should provide the guarantee letter (either in an invitation letter or in an introduction letter from the Chinese company, and should include signature, and official stamp, the address, telephone number, fax number).

2. What are the detailed requirements for the "proof of solvency/financial means" when an applicant applies for a visa due to family reasons?
For your proof of solvency you should provide a bank statement from the last three months, certificates of deposit are not accepted. According to the Schengen regulation applicants should have at least 450 SEK/day at their disposal during their stay in Sweden, accommodation not included.

3. What are the detailed requirements regarding insurance?
Persons who require a visa for entry into the Schengen area are normally expected to have medical travel insurance. Proof of insurance should be provided along with the visa application. It should contain the following information: relevant insurance covering the journey in the Schengen area, valid for the entire duration of the stay, covering at least €30 000 and covering the cost of any emergency medical treatment and repatriation for medical reasons. Any insurance company may issue such insurance.

4. Must I apply personally?
Yes. For visa applications, holders of ordinary passports are required to apply in person.

5. When can I get my visa?
A short term visa normally takes about 15 calendar days to process.

For further enquiries concerning visas, please contact VFS Global:

Help line: 010-84004367/84004397

6. Am I supposed to make an appointment before I go to a Visa Application Centre?
No appointment is required if you want to submit an application at one of our Visa Application Centers. The opening hours for the Sweden Visa Application Centres are: Monday-Friday, 8.00-15.00. The Visa Application Centre is closed on some Swedish and Chinese public holidays.

If you wish to submit your application directly to the embassy, you need to first book an appointment by sending an e-mail to

7. What kind of documents do I need to prepare when I come to pick up my passport?
You should show your ID card when you pick up your own passport. If you are unable to come personally you can authorize somebody else to pick it up for you, by writing a power of attorney. The person collecting your passport on your behalf should show his/her ID card as well as the power of attorney. The power of attorney can be written in either English or Chinese, and it should be signed by you, and it needs to contain your contact information.

8. Where can I get an application form? What kind of documents do I need to prepare when I apply?
You can download the forms from the Migration Agency's website or you can pick them up at one of VFS Global's Sweden Visa Application Centres. Please contact VFS Global for enquiries on which documents are required for each application.

9. Can I get my visa fee back if my application is refused?
If your application is refused, the fee will not be refunded.

10. Do I have the right to appeal in case my application is rejected?
Yes, it is possible to appeal a decision on a Schengen visa. This does not apply to National visas. At the same time, the decision to refuse an application for a visa will requires justification. This means that you will get information in the decision letter as to why your application was refused. If you received a decision you are not satisfied with, you can submit a written appeal. The appeal must be submitted or delivered to the embassy no later than 3 weeks from the day you were formally notified of the decision. Read more under 'Appeals' for more information.